Welcome on Board VS Welcome Aboard

This article will be focusing on the differences between welcome aboard and welcome on board. The three things they have in common are:

  • They both mean welcome to board the vessel (a ship, train or plane).
  • They function as adverbs. They can be interchangeable, depending on the situation.
  • In a modern context, both phrases can be used to welcome a new employee to the firm or welcome them as part of the team. The difference is very subtle.

-Examples of usage: ‘We’d like to welcome you aboard this flight’ vs ‘We’d like to welcome you on board as a new employee.”

Welcome Aboard

The phrase “All Aboard!” is said when a cruise ship or train is about to leave as a final warning for anyone who wants to get on the vessel before it goes.

You also might hear “welcome aboard!” when a new member joins a team. It is a friendly way of welcoming them to the team.

Welcome on Board

The phrase “on board” typically means something specific. When you go on a ship, train, or plane, it is understood you are embarking and going somewhere.

Pilots and cabin crew usually prefer to say, “Welcome on board!”

If you want to welcome an employee, you could also say “welcome on board.” However, welcome aboard sounds more friendly and casual.

Welcome Aboard vs Welcome Onboard

Both phrases are correct. Onboard and aboard mean the same thing. Therefore you can use them interchangeably when you are speaking.

The only difference between welcome aboard and welcome on board is the preposition.

Aboard comes from the French phrase à bord. This has the same meaning as the English phrase, “on board.”

Example Sentences:

You got the job. Welcome aboard!

We would like to welcome on board the new marketing team.

The flight attendant will welcome you aboard the plane.

What is Onboarding a New Employee?

Onboarding is an important aspect of any successful business. Onboarding can be defined as everything that sets up a new employee for success in their role through the initial weeks and months after they join the company.

Example sentence:

The company engages in formal onboarding by implementing courses for new workers to teach them more about their job roles.

What Does Welcome Back Mean?

Welcome back is an expression that people generally use to greet their friends, family members, and loved ones when they come back.

Welcome back can be used in a casual manner and this makes it even more special because you are not only welcoming them but also showing them how much you love and care for them.

What to Say When Welcoming a New Employee

Are you looking for what to say when welcoming a new employee to the office? Here’s how you can welcome them.

  1. Welcome Aboard! Welcome on board!
  2. It is so nice to have you here.
  3. We are excited to have you here!

What to Say When Welcoming a Returning Employee

Are you looking for what to say when welcoming a returning employee back to the office? Here’s how you can welcome them.

  1. Welcome Back! It is so good to see you again.
  2. I’m glad that you are back!
  3. We missed you. Welcome home!

We’re all in the Same Boat

What does the phrase “we’re all in the same boat” mean?

This is another phrase that you may or may not know. It means that we are all in the same situation.

In the context of work, we all have the same goal of making this company or team successful. This phrase should be used when addressing a group, but it could also be used by one co-worker to another.

It can be used in a positive or negative way. It could mean that we all have to suffer through this or that we are all in this together.

Synonyms of Welcome Aboard/ On Board

You can substitute the idiom “welcome aboard” for more casual speech:

  • Welcome to the club!
  • Join the club!
  • We are happy to have you here

We can replace “welcome aboard” with more formal phrases such as:

  • We are pleased to welcome you to the team.
  • Welcome to the team.
  • Congratulations on being part of the team.

In Conclusion

A native speaker may use “welcome abroad” and “welcome on board” when speaking naturally and giving a warm welcome.

While it is often used as a travel phrase, it is also correct to use welcome aboard or welcome on board in social and even professional contexts in a friendly manner.

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